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Banyumas hospital severely damaged after quake

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Agus Maryono
The Jakarta Post

Cilacap, Central Java | Sun, December 17, 2017 | 11:12 am

The Banyumas General Hospital (RSUD) in Central Java has sustained severe damage following a strong earthquake on Friday evening, with the worst hit being a three-story building that houses an emergency installation (IGD), radiology and haemodialysis units.

“Fortunately, the earthquake occurred in the middle of the night. There would have been a lot of victims if it occurred during the day,” a hospital worker told The Jakarta Post on Saturday, while gathering medical equipment scattered across the floor. He said there were no casualties in the incident, however more than 40 patients were evacuated to safer places when the earthquake occurred.

Haemodialysis patients have been moved to other hospitals, however those undergoing in-patient care are undergoing treatment in other parts of the hospital.

Banyumas Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) chairman Prasetyo Budi Widodo said the earthquake damaged 30 houses and dozens of public facilities.

The damaged houses are located in the districts of Ajibarang, Banyumas, Cilongok, East Purwokerto, Jatilawang, Kalibagor, Kedungbanteng, Sokaraja, Sumpiuh and Pekuncen. (vla/ebf)